Campus Engagement

Introduction

Engaging in sustainability issues through co-curricular activities allows students to deepen and apply their understandings of sustainability principles. Institution-sponsored co-curricular sustainability offerings, often coordinated by student affairs offices, help integrate sustainability into the campus culture and set a positive tone for the institution. Faculty and staff members’ daily decisions impact an institution’s sustainability performance. Equipping faculty and staff with the tools, knowledge, and motivation to adopt behavior changes that promote sustainability is an essential activity of a sustainable campus.

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If You Build It, Will They Come? Creating a Biking Culture by Sharing

  • Auburn University (AL)

Launching a bike share program requires a considerable investment of time and money with no guarantee of success, particularly in communities without a strong biking culture. So how can you ...

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Laudato si? Catholic College and Universities Networking Session

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Join your peers from Catholic colleges and universities to talk about the sustainability excitement happening on your campus. Following on Laudato si and the leadership of Pope Francis, we will ...

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DON'T PUNT ON RECYCLING! What your recycling program can mean to your school's curriculum, eco-identity, & bottom-line!

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

This presentation offers a macro-view lens of Sustainability Programs as one of the only truly new tools traditional fixed-sight Higher Education Administrators have to answer the dot-edu on-line degree program ...

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Western Kentucky University Student-Designed Campus Sustainability Survey 2017

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

For our 2017 AASHE conference presentation, we would like to share the story of our student-designed sustainability survey created in Fall 2016/ Spring 2017. It all began as a project ...

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Farmer Fridays: Connecting Students to Communities Through Stories

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

One goal for local institutions' different Offices of Sustainability is to bridge the gap between the campus and the community. This case study follows Western Kentucky University's path to ...

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GreenTopics: How we Tackled Reaching Environmental Skeptics

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Engaging students with an environmental interest is easy, but the question remains 'How can we reach the environmental skeptics?' How can we inform the students who will never step foot ...

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From Sustainable Development Goals to Campus Sustainability Plan

  • Villanova University (PA)

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were announced in 2015 as the standard for future development of all nations. As such, Villanova University decided to use the SDGs as ...

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Motivating Students to Achieve 20% Electricity and Hot Water Savings in Campus Apartments

  • Clarkson University (NY)

Through Clarkson University's Smart Housing Project, we've shown 20% savings in daily electricity and hot water use for students receiving utility use interventions compared to students not receiving ...

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Examining the Efficacy of an Award-Winning Bicycle-Earning Program in Altering Student and Staff Transportation Modes

  • University of Louisville (KY)

This study will involve the examination and reevaluation of the Earn-A-Bike Program at the University of Louisville. This is a program that rewards student who turn over their eligibility to ...

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Student Governments and the Power Purchase Agreement: A Tool for Financial Sustainability

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Students at Southern Oregon University are exploring the potential for their student government to invest in solar panels and sell the resulting electricity back to the university, cutting the university ...

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Catch the Wave: A Recycling Success Story from Concept to Today

  • University of Kansas Medical Center (KS)

Starting up a recycling program at a medical/research educational facility has several challenges from 'How do we start?' to 'What can we recycle?'. This poster presentation will demonstrate the ...

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Sustainability without Boundaries: Leveraging Green Initiatives to Bridge Campus, Community, and City

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

We're all in this together! Sustainability initiatives provide an excellent opportunity to empower the full spectrum of campus stakeholders to get involved in the work of building a better ...

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Presidential Power: Examining the Language of Executive Campus Commitments

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Over the course of the past decade, hundreds of college and university presidents have committed to an array of sustainability goals through platforms like Second Nature's Climate Commitment, the ...

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Beyond BikeShare: Sustainable Transportation in Six Months of Winter

  • State University of New York at Oswego (NY)

Late summer and early fall in Oswego New York are breathtaking, ideal for our BikeShare program. But when winter comes to our campus, it stays. This presentation will explore the ...

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SFU's Zero Waste Initiative

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

In January 2014, SFU launched its Zero Waste Initiative, with the aim of diverting 70% of waste from landfill, while doubling the amount recycled or composted. This goal was adopted ...

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Engineering Sustainable Community Relationships

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

What can engineering students offer sustainability? What will they gain from sustainability? Providing engineering students sustainability experience is a priceless investment. By learning to take a triple bottom line approach ...

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Tweeting @Sustainability: The #447challenge as an Active Teaching Tool

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Growing up, we are 'challenged' to be sustainable: turn off lights, stop cold water when brushing teeth, and unplug idle chargers. Reality proves that, while well-conceived, the environmental benefit of ...

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Campus Gardens and Farms: Creatively Addressing Food Insecurity

  • Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus (OR)

This session is for staff, students and faculty working on campus gardens and farms that want to share or learn about creative programming to address food insecurity. Come to share ...

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A Campus Move Out Sale: The Journey From Inception to Year Six.

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Six years ago CSU's Housing and Surplus Departments decided to partner and pilot an additional step into the move out process, a sale with proceeds benefiting the Eco Leaders ...

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Green Bikes at UNC Greensboro

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

Learn how a public-private partnership resulted in the first free-flow dockless bike share system in North America. Presentation will highlight the planning process, program launch, and ongoing operations at the ...

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Dismantling the Economic Walls Within: Why Solidarity is Necessary for Living Wage Policies in Higher Education

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)

Will the different insecurities on American campuses in 2017 pull people apart in narrow self-interest, or bring us together in common cause? While some forms of insecurity are external, others ...

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Infusing a culture of active living via the five E's of bicycling

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Bike Spearfish! is a unique collaboration between Black Hills State University (BHSU) and Hills Horizon (a local non-profit) designed to infuse a culture of active living via advancing bicycle transportation ...

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Creating a Campus Culture for Sustainability by knowing how to do more with less.

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

In this session we'll look at how properly implementing campus initiatives, understanding your constituents and their needs, and enhanced marketing approaches are all necessary to move sustainability on a ...

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Sustainability skills - what are they? And how do we know students have them...

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

Sustainability in the curriculum. Everyone is talking about it and wondering how you do it! Especially when you are a professional staff member entering into the world of faculty. Three ...

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Using the SDGs to progress sustainability

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

The Sustainable Development Goals are the talk of the decade. Every nation state on the planet has signed up to achieve them - but what does this mean for tertiary education ...

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Conservatives who conserve: How to talk about sustainability outside of politics

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Climate change and environmentalism have both become seemingly inseparable from political ideology. We should attempt, if possible, to keep sustainability from falling into the same partisan divide. While combating climate ...

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Liberal Arts Institutions Networking Meeting

  • Willamette University (OR)

A networking opportunity for sustainability officers and anyone affiliated with Liberal Arts Institutions to discuss sustainability related activities, challenges, and successes. It is a great time to meet new people ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustunes! How to Plan Your own Sustainability Concert on Campus

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

As interdisciplinary as the field of sustainability is, more often than not, we see representation of the scientific, architectural and policy fields. Although these fields are important, music and art ...

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Bridging the Gap Between Economic Viability and Environmental Sustainability with Solar on University Campuses

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Over the past two years, University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty have collaborated with solar and financial consultants to encourage the University of Minnesota to invest in solar energy ...

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The ReUseIt Room: Shifting the Way the Campus Thinks About Waste

  • Harper College (IL)

As a non-residential community college, Harper College wanted to find a program equivalent to university move out waste reduction programs. Move out waste programs have great potential to save money ...

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From Divestment to Reinvestment?

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

At Warren-Wilson College, a three year student-led campaign to divest the endowment from the Carbon Underground 200 was successful. An environmental-social-governance investment policy and guiding committee, at the Trustee level ...

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Using the Diffusion of Innovation Theory to Assess Student Involvement

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

The reasoning behind becoming involved in topics of sustainability often vary from person to person. We've done a little thinking and found that, like most movements, the Diffusion of ...

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Achieving Campus Waste Goals by Leveraging Diverse Stakeholders on and off Campus

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)
  • Casella (VT)

UMass Lowell recently underwent a competitive bid process and the university was able to bring a diverse set of stakeholders to the table to ensure we were able to achieve ...

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New game, new rules: Organising for Sustainability post-Trump and Brexit

  • National Union of Students
  • Power Shift Network (DC)

Following the Brexit vote, and the election of President Donald Trump, there is widespread concern amongst young people and students around the world on the stance our political leaders are ...

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Short, Sweet, and Powerful: Student Engagement through Campus Tabling Campaigns

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

An important part of creating a culture of sustainability on a college campus is successful campus engagement. Attaining this can be difficult for many reasons, such as lack of student ...

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The Road to Gold: Sustainability Success REALLY IS Written in the STARS

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) has become a vital tool for Texas A&M University. Over time, we have learned how to better leverage STARS to improve sustainability ...

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Dollars are Flying out of Your Green Fund! Does That Equal Success?

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Actively managing a campus green fund in its social, environmental, and economic aspects is an essential component to producing intentional results and optimizing its impact. Since its inception in 2011 ...

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Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Networking Session

  • Rice University (TX)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)

This is a networking meeting for Texans and other parties interested in the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) to connect and discuss campus sustainability topics unique to the ...

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The Zero Waste Challenge: Utilizing Athletic Events to Pave the Way

  • Eastern Washington University (WA)
  • University of Denver (CO)

Zero Waste is not only an attainable goal but it is also an environmental and social responsibility of institutions of higher education. Utilizing studies in Zero Waste operations from two ...

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Empowering Community Engagement Through Event Organization: Connecticut Campus Sustainability Week

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)
  • Yale University (CT)

Encompassing all parts of university life, sustainability can be a unifying force on college campuses. Since 2015, Connecticut universities have collaborated on Campus Sustainability Week, a week-long celebration held in ...

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Bridging the Gap: Strategies for Sustainability-Athletics Partnerships

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)

Expanding sustainability goals and programming to include collegiate athletics provides opportunities for unique engagements across the campus community. Doing so requires building relationships and coordinating cross-pollination between campus sustainability professionals ...

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Protest Meets Policy Change: Practical, Local Politics As Key to Building Community Solidarity and Sustainability

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Elected Officials to Protect America

This dynamic workshop challenges participants to engage in politics in ways that build community solidarity and sustainability. In times of great division at the national level, practical projects and local ...

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Students in the Food Movement: A Vision Deeper than the Problem

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Even as the campus sustainability movement has grown, the issues in our food system have continued to deepen. Federal policy is failing to protect small farmers, while family fishermen are ...

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Joining Forces to Restore Urban Woodland and Reconnect Students with Nature: A Model for Campus-Community-Commerce Collaboration

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

The Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project brings campus, community, and business together to achieve on-the-ground conservation results, enhanced awareness of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and behavioral change that supports sustainability. Working ...

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Facilitation for Organizational Change

  • GreenerU (MA)

One of the most important, yet often understated skills of any profession is the ability to be a strong group meeting facilitator. Whether it is a small internal meeting with ...

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Greeks Going Green: How and Why to Foster a Lasting Green Greek Life

  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • GreeniPhi (VA)

Greek life has a legacy of producing the change makers, leaders, and power brokers of the future. Consequently, educating Greeks about sustainability, and leading them to adopt sustainability measures as ...

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Social Justice Coffee Hour

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Social justice coffee hour is a forum for educated and informal dialogue about different social justice issues by presenting students and attendees with different viewpoints and voices on a certain ...

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Campus Energy Savings S.P.A.R.K. a Student-Led Recycling Revolution

  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • NORESCO (NC)

Over the past decade, Kutztown University in Pennsylvania has continually worked to retrofit and upgrade campus buildings and services to make them more energy efficient with the help of NORESCO ...

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Campus as Classroom at Smith College

  • Smith College (MA)

This poster is a unique opportunity for attendees to engage with students who are actively using 'Campus as Classroom' methods for their respective research projects. Campus as Classroom is an ...

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Energizing Campuses & Communities Through More Meaningful and Applied Learning

  • Skyline College (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

This networking meeting is open to all campus stakeholders interested in the Energize Colleges program. Current and potential future campus partners are invited to discuss year one successes and challenges ...

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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Campus Engagement Partners

Carrier Class Green Infrastructure

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
The ConnecTable is a line of the most powerful solar charging stations on the market. Reimaginge your campuses space, reinforce your sustainability goals and reconnect students and faculty with the ConnecTable.

Coalesce

Boston, MA
Business Affiliate
Coalesce designs solutions to meet campus specific needs, equipping the community with core competencies will empower stakeholders to adopt sustainability as an organizing principle.

Fairware Promotional Products Ltd

Vancouver, BC
Business Affiliate
Fairware is the leading provider of sustainable and ethically sourced promotional products and event merchandise.

Fit for Green Inc.

Mission Viejo, CA
Business Affiliate
Fit for Green actively engages people across all 3 pillars of sustainability during exercise. They are a provider of specialized commercial gym equipment.

GreenerU

Watertown, MA
Business Affiliate

Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
Business Affiliate

MIST

Chicago, IL
Business Affiliate
MIST is a small consultancy helping colleges and universities understand and improve 1) sustainability governance, 2) buildings and campus, 3) engaging students, faculty and staff.

National Wildlife Federation

Reston, VA
Business Affiliate

NOLS

Lander, WY
Business Affiliate
At NOLS we believe positive, ethical leaders change the world. Based on this belief, NOLS has become the leader in wilderness education. Our students explore remote wilderness and learn technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.

Northwest Earth Institute

Portland, OR
Business Affiliate

Post Landfill Action Network

Dover, NH
Business Affiliate
The Post-Landfill Action Network cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement. We inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement solutions to waste on their campus.

Rivanna Natural Designs

Richmond, VA
Business Affiliate
Planet-friendly awards and plaques. FSC-Certified wood, recycled glass

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
Business Affiliate
RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that possess core strengths in recovery, organics and collaborative action development serving both public and private sectors.

Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
Business Affiliate
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
Business Affiliate
Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.

The Campus Kitchens Project

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Empowering students to create innovative and sustainable solutions to food waste and hunger.

The GREEN Program

Philadelphia, PA
Business Affiliate
Founded in 2009, The GREEN Program creates short-term, experiential education programs focused on sustainable development. TGP's accredited model has attracted university students representing over 470 universities and 70 countries globally.